Grid Report, 11/12

Some of the Hogs injury problems seem to be subsiding. Houston Nutt likes the prospects for the backfield for Saturday.

Arkansas worked for about 90 minutes in shoulder pads and shorts with an emphasis on special teams and fundamentals.

Houston Nutt liked what he saw of his running backs and added that he believes that both Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard, still nursing nagging injuries, will be full speed on Saturday for the first time in over one month.

"I think they will be 100 percent by game time," Nutt said.

The Hogs play host to New Mexico State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, a place where the Hogs have lost their last two games.

"Our players are focused and they want to get that bad taste out of their mouth as far as playing in this stadium," said Bobby Allen, the Hogs' secondary coach. "Our players have talked about that a lot this week. They know they haven't won the last two times here. They want a good performance this time."

Allen said the Hogs will face a potent offense in the Aggies of NMSU.

"They play two quarterbacks and I like them both a lot," Allen said. "The thing they do that makes it tough is that they really emphasize the run. They get you to play run and then throw over you. They are tough to defend. One of their quarterbacks reminds me a lot of Jacob Campbell of Auburn and they do some of the same things with him. He's a tough player to defend."

The Hogs continue to look at ways to shore up special teams. Jimarr Gallon was added to some coverage teams, replacing the injured Michael Robinson.

"We put Elliott Harris on the punt team where Michael was playing on one special team unit, and then put Jimarr in Michael's spot on the kickoff team," Allen said. "Jimarr is a very good special teams player. He was on all of the special teams last year and wanted to step in at this point in this season. We need him there. You can't afford mistakes in special teams."

Allen was the last coach off the field Wednesday night, staying late to work with cornerbacks Michael Coe and Batman Carroll.

"Those guys continue to strive to make their footwork better," Allen said. "Ahmad Carroll came in for some extra film work today, but that's nothing new. He always is looking for ways to improve things. He's really worked hard this year both on the field and in the class room in field study. There is the perception among a lot of folks that he's a certain way. You have Batman and that persona and then there is Ahmad Carroll. Ahmad really works hard and is trying to become a very good football player."

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